Yurt on the Duolgolakh River


This drawing is from a collection of travel sketches created in the Yakut Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic during the 1920s–1930s. The Yakut ASSR—informally referred to as Yakutiya and known today as the Sakha Republic—covered a large region in eastern Siberia. It is the historical home of the Yakut (Sakha) people, a Turkic ethnic group who arrived in the region around the 13th century and who still make up almost half of its population. This collection of travel sketches was created by Leningrad artist Nikolai Dmitrievich Travin (1882‒circa 1950) during an expedition to study the forces of production in Yakutiya. Travin graduated from the Department of Ethnography at Leningrad State University in 1925 and received his artistic training at the school of the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts. During the 1930s, he worked as an artist on several expeditions to the Russian Far North. Beginning in 1932 Travin was employed at the Museum of the Arctic in Leningrad. He also worked during the 1930s as an illustrator for the state children’s publishing house Detgiz. This collection of Travin’s drawings depicts tundra landscapes (locally known as sendukha), northern villages, and Yakut dwellings. The drawings are housed in the Yakutsk State Museum of the History and Culture of Northern Peoples. The collection was digitized for the Meeting of Frontiers digital library project in the early 2000s.

Last updated: January 10, 2018